I love Stevie Wonder but I never liked this song at all. And I heard it a lot growing up. My mum was a huge fan of the Hotter than July album and used to spin the vinyl a heap. Nothing wrong with that, it’s actually a really good album, especially on the back of The Journey through the Secret Life of Plants and with the cheese that was about to arrive… And I remember the local radio station playing an irritating snippet of it to announce their birthday calls which would wake me up before I sauntered off to school.
I love The Beatles and I actually don’t mind this song of theirs. As far as birthday songs go – and I have had to play this in bands as a dedication to people and it’s a better choice than the Stevie Wonder selection.
But my favourite birthday-referencing song is actually this.
Music vouchers were the thing for me growing up, for birthdays. And then when I was a teenager it had got to the point where nobody bought me music or vouchers. Family believed I had enough music already (they were wrong! Even if they probably were right).
And I can’t remember the last time I received music for my birthday. I would love it if someone took the chance – and gave me something that they thought was really cool. Actually, for my 30th, a couple of years back, a friend knew that I had been spending some time listening to classical music, very much as a person eager to learn but having a better chance of pushing water uphill with a rake than gaining any thorough understanding of classical. She bought me a version of Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. And did so because it was one of her favourite pieces. I highly rate that (and the version of the piece). And I think it was a great effort from her, stumping up with some music. A lot of people would figure I would either a) have everything and/or b) laugh at what they choose. I don’t actually work like that.
What I thought might be interesting is knowing either a) what the best music-related gift you ever received for your birthday was? And/or b) what music you buy for your friends and family for birthdays?
I was given a drumkit for my birthday one year. So that obviously rates right up there – thanks mum and dad! And this year they supplied me with a turntable (something I’ve been without for about eight years or so, despite still buying vinyl). So ta muchly once again.
And, also for my 30th, some friends gave me a framed picture of the blackboard that Brian Eno gave a lecture on. I still think that is wicked, and suitably opaque enough for Mr Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno to approve. [I’ll also just use this space to say to them: great day for it. And good luck/congrats.]
But back to the question/s at hand – what cool music-related gifts have you given or received?
Or, if you’d prefer – what famous musician/s do you share a birthday with? I was always stoked to share mine with Stewart Copeland from The Police. One of my all-time favourite drummers…I probably also share it with heaps of other twits. But I stopped collecting birthday-related trivia once I had found out that gem. What about you?
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